|Reviews for ode to broken things|
| TolkienGirl chapter 1 . 2/10
Tremendously sad and yet lovely. Well done.
| ccase13 chapter 1 . 7/26/2011
The fifth one is the saddest somehow.
| Hunnique chapter 1 . 1/17/2011
Wow that was so so sad and beautifully told! Thank you.
| Ms. Scarlett Evans chapter 1 . 6/7/2010
I really like this, because I've always thought that Dean has sacrificed a lot of himself for Sam, and a lot of people, Sam especially, never seem to see it. So, yeah, thanks for writing this.
| destiny's time chapter 1 . 2/17/2010
| MeShelly chapter 1 . 4/21/2009
Holy crap. I was speechless the first time I read this, and am speechless yet again.
I loved this, even if sent my heart through a steel colander, a blend of tragedy and strength and love. I especially liked how conflicted Dean is in the first, but gradually he almost reaches...peace. Even feeling his grim future getting closer, even being afraid, there's a steadfastness in his demeanor that I find both inspiring and god-awfully depressing.
I love that you show it was probably never automatic for Dean to follow John, starting off the first by showing how close he came to getting *out*. The repetition of "shakes" really got to me, and I could imagine him shaking inside as he tried to quell his regrets. The thought of Sam driving him to tell John they had to 'escape'. What really cemented this as Dean's head-space (for me) was how his thoughts turned to the witch, laying all the blame for his injuries on her, reminding himself that John had saved him-without ever dwelling on how he probably should never have been there in the first place.
John sure knew exactly what to say to kill Dean's college ambitions. And they must have been high ambitions, for Dean to complete the whole process of testing, recommendations, and forms-to have nothing to show for it but a souvenir letter...
Number 3 is my favorite, because it's just so...horrifying, and so many parts struck a chord with me. The scene you paint is so clear and so painful, and Dean so knowingly throws his relationship with Sam to the wind because he thinks it's the way to save him. I've read this scenario dozens upon dozens of times (who hasn't?) but this is one of the handful that I want to ship to Kripke and plea that it be made canon.
The back and forth of Dean's thoughts-from the present, to the possible future, back to the present (the loss of Sam's ability to play the guitar hit me hard for some reason-one more dream lost to the Winchester mission...), back to the possible future, and then...his decision.
What I liked most about Dean's almost-words was that he knew he couldn't blur the lines for Sam, couldn't even say that Sam deserves his scholarship, to pursue his own goals. It breaks my heart for both of them because they can't even share what should be a *happy* moment in their messed up lives.
WIAWSNB is still one of my favorite episodes, and I love Dean/Carmen. "I remember you from my dreams..." This whole line was perfect, conveying Dean's breathlessness, awe, and love. And oh Carmen, so cool and casual and playful, and my heart broke again knowing that they don't have a chance because Dean already loves her and doesn't want her involved. ::curses:: And what really clinched it was that this Carmen will end up totally confused when Dean doesn't call, even if he can only think of her.
"Demons don't tell you this, but your soul isn't sold until it is in Hell."
Tessa was also one of my favorites, and you've captured that wisdom and tranquil nature that I loved so much. Their conversation together was beautiful and sad, and the frustrating part is that if Sam were awake, he would probably jump at Tessa's proposal. I love their parting scene, the image of Tessa's tear and Dean gathering strength and the sound of the Crossroads Demon and the feeling of the hellfire-just punches my sensory perception buttons.
Thank you for sharing this piece. I'm sorry I didn't review this earlier, and am still surprised that it's not more heavily reviewed than it is. Must have shocked everyone into stunned silence. :wink:
| Pedellea chapter 1 . 3/29/2008
This is a bittersweet story. Very realistic. You've got Dean and his heart of pure selflessness pinned down. Beautiful.
| anon chapter 1 . 10/29/2007
You know sometimes self-sacrificing martyr types can be full on idiots.
| Capt.Cow chapter 1 . 10/23/2007
You wrote such a good Robin Hood story I came to find more...Can I just say I love you? This is an awesome story! I love the way you wrote Dean! You had me in tears with the one where Sam went to college... awesome fic. Thought you nailed the characters exactly. Sigh, poor Dean.
| writerchick03 chapter 1 . 10/23/2007
So sad! I loved it!
| Lirazel chapter 1 . 10/21/2007
It blows me away the way you just get Dean, get everything about him, and then communicate it to us. This broke my heart and made me love him even more because the essence of Dean is self-sacrifice for the people he cares about and he can't do any less.
| Stand In Girl chapter 1 . 10/20/2007
Wow. Awesome. Well-written, and you've captured the boys so well I can feel Dean's loss as he gives up all of these things. Young Dean almost wanting to turn his father in just to get away from his life, Dean deciding not to go to college, Dean saying things they he know will make Sam leave... it's all just so heartbreaking, and so like him. And it really shows that even from a young age he knew normal would never be for him. He really is a tragic figure, isn't he?
Great job with this!
| staceycj chapter 1 . 10/20/2007
I really liked this story! It is definitely true. Dean never makes choices that will make him happy. It's really sad when you watch it. You brought it to life. Awesome!
| CriesofCapricorn chapter 1 . 10/20/2007
Wow. So wonderfully written.
Not a single one of the five felt unneeded or misplaced. Everything just flowed perfectly. And, honestly, I can imagine each and every one happening to Dean and him responding in the exact same way.
| Ster1 chapter 1 . 10/20/2007
Beautifully written -and so heartbreaking! Oh, Dean...